Friday, January 09, 2009

Perfect Week

2009 is off to a great start. In my mind, a "perfect week" is when I nail all my planned workouts and cross off everything on my "To Do" lists at work and at home. Obviously, this is pretty hard to achieve. Because I've set the bar so high, I only get ~2-3 perfect weeks a year. However, 1 perfect week=a nirvana-like ecstasy. And the first full week of the new year is shaping up to be....a Perfect Week!!!

I've been knocking out stuff at work every day. Ah, the drudgery. I've gotten things done on my to do list that have been lingering for months, using the energy infused by the new year to my advantage--paid bills, changed litterboxes, cleaned the house, grocery shopped, washed clothes, got the truck an oil change, and even went to the DMV to pick up my new, fangle-dangle plates (FEGRRL)!!! I've also made appointments with the dentist, the doctor, the OB-GYN, and the mammographer for a barrage of check-ups (oh, and the vet for the buns check-ups too). I just love the new year! No excuses!

Finally, I've been sticking to my resolutions! Brent and I have been cooking at home almost every night and swearing off sweets every other day. I love cooking together. We talk and connect and enjoy a nice meal together (no tv). Every other day, if I really, really am craving chocolate, I allow myself a few small pieces (dark with skim milk). I savor it SO much more. First, I do the 20 minute test though. After dinner, I clean up, brush my teeth, and do something else for 20 minutes (read, journal, errands, etc.). If I still want the chocolate after that, I enjoy it, guilt-free (most of the time, I don't want it anymore).

I've also been waking up early to work-out every morning (and going to bed early). It feels SO good to work-out consistently again. Too good. I'm very sore! I need to pull back a little (I've been doing 2-a-days; too soon, too soon!). I woke up this morning and was so sore my hair hurt. Time for a day off!

Recent Workouts:
1. Easy 3 mile run @ 7 am (Brrrr! Cold. But very refreshing way to wake up).
2. Weight session with free weights, mat, and ball at home.
3. Lunchtime Yoga (very relaxing)
4. Aerobic, base-building bike on trainer 45 minutes evening (Aero Base Builder II; Spinervals).
Oops. Was that 4 workouts in 1 day?
1. UCSD masters swim @ 7:30 (Brent went at 6 am; too early for me!). The warm-up was 1200 yds. WTF? My 100s are a consistent 1:50. This swim felt much easier than Monday's. Total distance ~2100 yds. I'm keeping the distance short and sweet during my "Prep" phase.
2. Track workout in pm. 1 mile warm-up, 2 fast 1 mile repeats (supposed to be 3 but running verrry slowly; felt fatigued so cut it short), 1 mile cool-down. The cool-down was the best! I helped Alec train for his 1 mile race (the Carlsbad Keebler Kids 1 Miler (day before Carlsbad 1/2 marathon). We did 4 laps together, running the straight-aways, and walking the curves. Alec did AWESOME!
1. Lunchtime weights at RIMAC (I hit it HARD!)
2. 50 minutes trainer workout ("Sufferama" Spinerval DVD). Just about died.
OFF! (except for stretching and a nap)

Have a great weekend!


Shawn said...

Sounds like a great week. 7:00am is cold out there???? I thought it was above 50degrees every morning? I went for a run the other noon time, it was 30 degrees, brrrrrrr!!!!!

Wes said...

Yup! A great start to 2009! :-)

RoadBunner said...

Sounds like a great and productive week!

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Diana said...

What a great week! I love the plates! I have KB SWNGR on mine (for kettlebell swinger)'s great to advertise what we are and what we love :-)
Your year sounds great so far, the happiness shines through the words. BTW, I ran this morning and it was 10 degrees....but sunny!

Cliff said...


I laugh at seeing 2,100 yards as 'short'.

Right now, I am going crazy with the swim and 2,000 yards does seem short :)

Michael said...

I wish I had more of those weeks - great work! If 2,100 meters is short, I'm curious as to how long you go in later phases. Last week I did 2,650 meters and thought my lungs were going to explode.